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The Iraq War: The Root of The Europe Refugee Crisis

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What the refugee crisis has done is force the Western European public to think. Whether they can force their governments to act and bring about a solution is another question. The architects of the Iraq war are still deny or are in denial.


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Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 10:21 am
It's not that she is angry or even frustrated. She is just tired.

It's the kind of tired neither a holiday nor a rest will cure. It's the kind of tired that comes with living in temporary accommodations for years. The kind of tired that comes with constantly battling heat and dust and looking after her children. The kind of tired that comes after you have been forced to flee for your life and carry your belongings in your hand to a strange place.

I meet Umm Lai in a displacement camp in Baghdad. Her story isn't unusual.

Across Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey people have crossed borders and travelled many kilometres within their own country to find respite from war.

Thousands have crossed continents and have ended up in Europe seeking that same respite. By and large it's taken Europe by surprise. Opinions vary on how to deal with the crisis. Some say Europe and the US should step up. Others say the rich Gulf states should use their enormous wealth to help.

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What no one talks about is the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

March 2003 was the pivotal point. Based on controversial evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the war drums beat loudly.

The WMD claim was eventually publicly discredited by the CIA's own Iraq survey group report . That report proved whispers and intelligence community doubts from the time that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

But it wasn't just those who questioned the evidence. Mass opposition from the British and American public concluded in marches in various Western capitals opposing the war.

Those voices went ignored and in March 2003, the then US president and the British prime minister met in the Azores, Portugal, with the Spanish prime minister, and set into motion events that now include the dead body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi that washed up on a Turkish beach.

What the Iraq war did was allow space for anger at the unjustified actions of the Western coalition to be moulded into a hardline movement of fighters who would join al-Qaeda In Iraq and other groups.

Before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, radical and violent movements were tiny in number. Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden were the only real threat.

Arab governments realised that and exiled the group until it found sanctuary in Afghanistan, the very place that bin Laden, funded by Saudi Arabia and the US, learned to fight against the Soviets and hone his violent philosophy.

After the September 11 attacks, the extremists got the fight they were looking for when the US invaded Afghanistan.

Al-Qaeda was defeated, and its host, the Taliban movement, was ousted from power. The group has since waged an armed resistance against the US-backed successive governments.

The US then invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003.

Suddenly the radical groups had found a new cause and a new fight.

They learned new tactics. They became hardened fighters. They dreamed of a caliphate that would spread across the Arab and Muslim world.

Angry that the US had invaded another Muslim country, money and weapons were donated in huge number from Muslim countries by individuals who might never have thought about donating to a cause that was violent in nature.

Once irrelevant, al-Qaeda became a threat again, and for the first time the group found a foothold in Iraq.

The philosophy of armed rebellion and fighting for God spread. Pakistan, another Muslim nation, found itself fighting an armed rebellion, as did many other countries.

The 'Arab Spring' of 2011 raised hopes of democratisation in the Middle East, but many of the gains of the revolutionary movements have since been reversed.

Mohamed Morsi, who became Egypt's first democratically elected president, was toppled by the military in 2013. Initially it was not religious or even violent in nature.

It was popular anger at dictators propped up by the West coupled with frustration at the lack of economic development.

Down the dictators fell, and with them, decades of religious suppression. That religious fervour found expression in anger at the US' role in Iraq.

Suddenly religious groups were able to speak freely, and freely they did, mainly about the US and its role in the region.

Then when the protests reached Syria, President Bashar al-Assad knew he didn't want to suffer the same fate as his Arab counterparts.

The West quickly abandoned him and said no negotiations while he was in power. Left with little choice he moved on those that opposed him in a violent and bloody manner.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq became ISIL and took huge parts of Syria and Iraq. Other groups sprang up that used religion to recruit.

Syria unravelled and that's why you have millions of refugees.

The Iraq war was the war too far - the one that has changed the Middle East.

It was the war that solidified and unified disparate young men from different countries into following the path of violent jihad.

Had the Iraq war not happened, then Saddam Hussein would have been contained as he was.

This dictator was a threat to freedom and to his own people, but was no longer a threat to his neighbours.

The leaders of ISIL and other radical groups would have found death in Afghanistan or prison elsewhere. However, hindsight and "what if" are the words of those that have the luxury of not living in a tent.

The Iraq war did happen.

The refugee crisis is happening.

Now the only questions the world perhaps should be asking is how we can bring about a political solution to the war in Syria and how we bring all sides to the table.

What the refugee crisis has done is force the Western European public to think. Whether they can force their governments to act and bring about a solution is another question.

The architects of the Iraq war still say their actions had nothing to do with the current crisis.

In 2014, Tony Blair wrote an essay on his website and said: "The civil war in Syria with its attendant disintegration is having its predictable and malign effect. Iraq is now in mortal danger. The whole of the Middle East is under threat."

He argued and continues to argue that the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with the rise of groups like ISIL and wars in both Iraq and Syria.

I wonder how refugees across Europe feel about those words.
Source: Al Jazeera

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 10:22 am
If the reader had interest in this article Evelyn just placed on an article that is similar in nature.

Anna Neusüss (127)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 10:30 am
Good article. Thanks for sharing.

For some reason Imran Khan left out that the USA supported the Taliban and later IS in the beginning, according to the idea that the enemy's enemy is a 'friend'. That alone would have done enough damage already.

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 11:07 am
Dead right ...
And before the Iraq War? ...

Thanks, Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 11:09 am
Thanks for posting this excellent article, Dandelion.

I would love to turn back the clock and be able to vote against ANY further war, to prevent Iraq being obliterated as it was by Blair and Bush's incompetent attitude and assumption that removing one single person from power would lead to peace. . .

Animae C (508)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 3:43 pm
Thanx Dandelion

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 9:24 am
Whoops why didn't the link take to Evelyn's article......sorry. Trying again.
Refugee Crisis Where Are All These People Coming From and Why

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 11:28 pm

Shirley S (187)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 11:41 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday September 11, 2015, 2:23 am
Hate wars

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday September 11, 2015, 3:44 am
The war against Iraq should never had happened and the refugee crisis we see now cannot be solved by Europe aloneUSA and the rich Gulf states need to do more,UK should start taking their quota of refugees already in Europe not select whom they will help from the region itself.Saudi Arabia and their rich friends should at least pay Lebanon,Jordan and Turkey for their effort to help millions of these refugees already in refugeecamps in these countries,if they don't want to receive them at least pay the costs.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 11, 2015, 5:31 am
The roots stretch back ...
The US & the USSR struggling over Afghanistan

The establishment of Al Qaeda (the database of terrorists)

The transformation by media and politicians of the concept of the database into a "monster" - an "organisation" under that name ..... which led to terrorist groups adopting the name "Al Qaeda" .... without necessarily actually being interlinked (except in the database created by Western Intelligence agencies)

The US bases in Saudi that totally failed to respect the culture of Saudi Arabia, especially when off their bases - offending the locals, infuriating people by the rights the US from the bases ignored contstraints (women in short sleeves driging trucks - while Saudi women are still banned from driving .... The anger towards the US on "holy territory" contributed to Bin Laden heading for Afghanistan ......

The "Islamisation" of the various groups mushrooming under the label "Al Qaeda" ... or "Taliban" (teachers) ... and the splintering of such groups into more and more extremist factions .....

A "monster" is of enormous value to politicians in times of crisis, unrest, war .... But sometimes the media-inflated monster takes on a life of its own ... And the Iraq war, triggered under false pretences, gave birth to the worst kind of extremist monster ....

I came closest to hate in the context of Saddam Hussein - I certainly hated what he was doing to Iraq ... I wanted him to fall (and he would only stay fallen if he died) ... But the way it happened was as wrong as the way he ruled. Two wrongs NEVER make a right result.

I hate equally the way the Regime in Syria oppressed the Syrians .... but all our meddling has done is create a worse mess ... and the Regime is still in place. With a splintered multi-facted mess of "opposition" groups, some purely for building their own power rather than for the well-bing of the ordinary Syrian people. Some powers opened Pandora's Box ....

The Arab Spring opened the door to the worst extremists - and we are facing the results today.

Arlene C (28)
Friday September 11, 2015, 5:46 am
Merci Dandelion

Roger G (148)
Friday September 11, 2015, 10:45 am
it is not without reason that France was against the Iraq war from day one
noted, thanks

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday September 11, 2015, 11:15 am
It's a enticing story for all. Non-Americans get to blame the U.S. for everything, and Americans get to rest assured that they control the world and only American actions matter. The narrative is even plausible. We get this over and over in complex situations because in those ones, many things are tied to many others, and U.S. interests and actions are all over the world.

The problem is that of a dry forest in summer. The conditions were such that this fire would break out, somehow, with or without a U.S. war in Iraq.

We have a globalized economy over half of which is in a few economic blocs, The U.S., E.U., and China, each regulated by a single body. Those are all point-failure sources on the global economy. With this many point-sources of failure, a crisis, driven by the European debt, Chinese book-cooking, the subprime lending, or something else was inevitable. With modern telecommunications allowing any social movement driven by poverty and loss of faith in governments to spread quickly, the Arab Spring was inevitable.

From what I understand, the only groups in the Arab world capable of overcoming the boundaries set by traditional tribal or regional power-structures are religious groups. With the vacuum created by the Arab Spring, a politicized religious organization of some kind was bound to step in and become a major player, and to operate in that environment it would have to be armed and violent. It could have been in Syria, or Libya, or Algeria, or on the peninsula, but it was going to happen, and given the nature of the modern violent religious political Islamic movement, it was going to look more than a bit like ISIS. Of course, in any of those areas, except maybe Algeria, the U.S. was bound to be involved in the causes because it is active everywhere.

Now, about some side-issues in the article:
Before 9/11, 2001, the radicals were most certainly not "tiny in number", at least not much more so than today. Ask anyone from Kashmir, Afghanistan, Israel, Chechnya, or the Arabian Peninsula. They just weren't in Western news. Disparate groups had already obviously allied for the purpose: Al Qaeda was operating out of Afghanistan, run by a Saudi, with hijackers from all over the Middle East. A jihadist movement was large and powerful in Pakistan well before that, sufficiently so, I believe, to have hijacked the Northern Light Infantry and invaded India in 1998 without government-authorization. The article is just plain wrong on that.

Had the Iraq war not happened, who's to say that Saddam would have fared any better than Bashar Assad, Ghaddafi, or the people whose names I don't even remember in Yemen? If he somehow did (very unlikely given prior conditions), who's to say that the guy who once tried to expand Iraqi borders wouldn't take advantage of the situation to try again? The article presents some vry shaky speculation as fact.

Janet B (0)
Friday September 11, 2015, 12:25 pm

Mandi T (366)
Friday September 11, 2015, 1:20 pm
TY Sheryl

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 11, 2015, 1:40 pm
Roger -
I suspect that France's position in 2002-3 was more because the politicians realised that the people were massively against the US strategy, and Chirac realised it was better political strategy to listen to them, rather than solid analysis of the background.

In contrast, Blair listened to Bush rather than to the massive voice of his people about the Iraq war ... demonstrating his personal interpretation of the concept of "democracy" .....

Birgit W (160)
Friday September 11, 2015, 1:53 pm
Darren W. says it all. PEACE!

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 11, 2015, 2:47 pm
let's not argue over Chirac's motives.. the fact counts.
Thanks Sheryl, another great piece. but since you phrased the intro yourself, please do include EASTERN European public!! Particularly so.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday September 11, 2015, 2:51 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion. Excellent article.

There is a 2014 German documentary directed by Mattias Bittner, "War of Lies," regarding Rafed Ahmed Alwan, (a.k.a. Curveball), the Iraqi refugee who gave U.S. intelligence information about portable weapons of mass destruction, which was used by the U.S. government to legitimize the invasion of of Iraq in 2003. It's playing at our local film festival next weekend, which I plan to attend.
This is one big lie that should never be forgotten. It was truly the beginning of the current mess we now find ourselves tangled up in, and the reason for all the refugees. Those countries that pushed this war should be the ones taking in the most refugees.

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 11, 2015, 2:53 pm
oops, just realise my comment could be misunderstood, not "argue", I mean let it rest. Neither Roger nor Evelyn know what was in Chirac's mind then. And today it isn't Chirac but Blair who is getting the media blame. And rightly so!

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 11, 2015, 3:11 pm
I correct my 2:47 comment, it should say since you DIDN'T phrase the intro-that critique goes to Al Jazeera

Past Member (0)
Friday September 11, 2015, 5:45 pm
Thanks for sharing

Marian Beth B (58)
Friday September 11, 2015, 5:53 pm
I am disgusted with the right wing of Congress of the US trying to control the world for their own profit. Because that is what it is. We need to mobilize the voters...they're certainly angry enough...and vote the thieves out.

Anne F (17)
Friday September 11, 2015, 6:02 pm
Hm, Lawrence of Arabia helped concoct the 'national' borders we have today, with the aim of procuring control of petroleum for the UK. So "the boundaries set by traditional tribal or regional power-structures" are not on the maps today

Maryann S (112)
Friday September 11, 2015, 6:45 pm
Excellent article, thanks for posting!

Monika A (94)
Saturday September 12, 2015, 7:14 am
This is a very interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

. (0)
Saturday September 12, 2015, 10:12 am
Let me state that this comment is not about race or color. It is about a political dynamic that affects us all regardless where we come from. It is a dynamic that stresses resources and all people. Some may believe me to be a conspiracist which I'm not as most conspiracy theories don't hold water. I prefer to follow the aspect of who profits and how they profited. Once you know that then you'll know why. I don't presume to have all the answers but if we pool our theories and thoughts together we might just find the answers to today's problems.

I postulate that today's crisis has been just another part of a long time plan called Full Spectrum Dominance. It may go by various names but that is what it is. It was conceived in 1939 by the CFR with the financial backing of the Rockefeller Foundation. Interesting how the Rockefellers keep cropping up all through the years. They certainly backed WW2, resulting in the destabilization of Europe and an occupying western presence in Western Europe while that failed Russian utopian state occupied Eastern Europe. It certainly was a good attempt to divide and conquer the nations but it also depopulated Europe to the point where guest nations such as Germany had to import guest workers from Turkey who never left. This has lead to the existing conditions we have been seeing since WW2 and especially today. They are deliberately created.

Of course the social nature of Europe and Scandinavia for example are ripe for the plucking by their Muslim population who don't assimilate and have no intention of assimilating. European socialism has been hard at work but it isn't designed to handle people who don't like you and have no intention of assimilating themselves into your culture. Why else are there so many ghettos in European cities where no self respecting Euro or Scandinavian citizen would go? The lingua franca in these xenophobic and for the most part illiterate, gang controlled enclaves is Arabic or Turkic. Drug trafficking, human slavery and other criminal activities are the order of business and you'd better not get in the way. Of course you also have increased criminal activities against the indigenous populations such as increased Asian pedo/prostitution gangs and violent crimes such as rape against Euro citizens. Most rapes in Europe today are committed by Muslims and other Asians. After all, those Euros are nothing more than dhimmis to be used and discarded.
This is deliberate creation of conditions leading to internecine conflict within Europe and Scandinavia and for the most part - globally. Play each race and the various tribes within those races against each other - divide and conquer.
The same is being applied in Canada and the US through the influx of Latins and Muslims. Increased populations put stress on the native infrastructures and resources of the host nations. It can and just might lead to violent conflict between the various races in our nations. I have been hearing the kill Whitey slogans lately. Now those there are deliberate agent provocateurs stirring the pot just like those who came to Farmington and disrupted a peaceful protest with their violence. The corporatists win again.

The CFR has supported every other war or conflict since WW2 such as Korea and Vietnam thereafter. When the need for the Oriental theatre cropped up the Trilateral Commission was formed in order to address political and financial factors of the east and their affect on global economy. Many of the same people belong to the CFR and the Trilateral Commission - Bushes, Clintons, Carter, Reagan, Kissinger and Brzezinski for example. Obama is Brzezinski's protege. He groomed him and promoted him. He controls him either directly or through proxy.

Full Spectrum Dominance envisions the destabilization through ceaseless conflict and by the 60s, austerity economics. The fall of Russia during Reagan's not so myopic obsession gave birth to the many "Stan" nations and as such tribal areas such as Chechnya. This was another attempt to redistribute the lines of power. Why else did we finance bin Laden and al Qaeda and the mujahedin? Why else have we financed those groups that are nothing more than criminals exercising their perverted sexual sadism under the guise of "god"?
By Clinton's terms we had the Balkans wherein once more the US and Russia faced off through their proxies. It opened up the flow of more Muslims into Europe and the Balkan regions. It also opened the doors for the criminal hub to move goods such as human slaves; prostitutes; money and weapons through countries such as Albania and thus into Europe and the UK.

One of the most successful aspects of Full Spectrum Dominance has been globalization; the ultimate corporate bastard policy issuing forth from its mother whore - austerity economics.
Globalization at its full tilt boogie height gave control of third world nations to corporations who funded puppet governments and destroyed the eco/socio aspect of the indigenous lives. They became wage slaves. Keep them dumb and stupid and eternally reaching for the corporate handout until they are needed for this or that conflict. Caesar deployed it under bread and circus. Keep them minimally fed and entertained so they don't see what you're really doing.
Now we have this present crisis that is part of a long term strategy that had its beginnings back in 1939 coming to fruition. It has created conditions through conflict and economic stressors factors that cause borders to fail. It is stressing the economic stability of nations that can barely take care of their own citizens. It stresses the free world in that people cede more and more individual rights and freedoms to its controlling governments that grow more fascist with each passing year.

It is stressing the planet to the point wherein the people will beg for release from the constant strife; from domestic racial strife and struggling through the creation of a one world government presiding over ten new economic zones. The corporations have become the de facto global government in many respects. In order to keep the masses in line they must make certain concessions in order for the bread and circus program to be successful. They do this by controlling every aspect such as media and pop culture.

Full Spectrum dominance stresses the air, water, soil and food we consume to the point that it is all designed to slowly murder us while the Controlling Corporatists reap maximum profit at our and our planet's expense. When this crisis is over the next big stressor will be the lack of fresh water and healthy food. That too will contribute to global strife.

Yes, the war in Iraq and the conditions created through it are having the desired effects but they are part of a policy that was born in 1939 and is now coming to full term maturity.

Another thing I find interesting is the direct correlation between the Jesuit playbook; the KGB Red Book and the policies being deployed today: destruction of the social aspects of any nation; control of all resources and destruction of national economies; the dissolving national identity of all nations; the diminished quality of education; the promotion of inter racial strife; the dwindling presence of individual rights and freedoms. Doesn't the TPP and bills like Harper's C-51 come to mind?
Yes, the Iraq War of 2003 was a huge contributor to Full Spectrum Dominance but it was merely another plank in the FSD manifesto. We need to wake up now. We need to realize that there is only one race - the human one. Let's do what we can for those displaced by the corporatist policies of Full Spectrum Dominance but let us not be blinded by our emotions. We need to be realistic too.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 12, 2015, 1:48 pm
Pretty accurate summary there of what's going on, as presented in W. Engdahl's newest book.
Related article>
“Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order”

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 12, 2015, 2:05 pm
Thanks for the link Angelika for those who might want to gain some further reading on what Michael spoke upon.

Yes, the Iraq war is one of many factors, certainly a big factor today, and we certainly have a global mess going on. Is true, follow the money.

I'm limited on time so I'll just say to those who commented.....thanks for stopping by, you gave food for thought.

It is so important for the citizens of every Country to become more aware of many things that are going on. We can be blown like leaves in the wind or we can try to forge our own visions that lead to better lives for all. None of us can do it alone, but as a collective of human beings we can do many things, and that can be both negative or positive depending what the masses get behind.

This truly is a fight for humanity and improved environmental conditions and it will be the masses to move things one way or another. The leaders are either failing us, misdirecting us, are clueless themselves, and even the best intentioned need our help. Those in leadership can not do it alone, and that is one of the messages Bernie Sanders speaks about. Even if he becomes President, he has said, I can not do it all, you, the masses must do it, you must become involved at every level.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday September 12, 2015, 5:30 pm
The Iraq war should never have happened. Countries are all interconnected. When there are all these refugees who have fled their corrupt country we can't turn a blind eye to it and do what we can to help. Governments separate us but we are all humans wanting the same things. It's so very sad . . . . . .

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 3:40 am

Darlene W (289)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 6:47 am
Truly sad where this world is headed because of those in power. Thank you Dandelion.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday September 14, 2015, 3:41 pm
NO country should EVER be an "Ally" of the United States in its MURDEROUS WAR PLANS.
ANY Country doing so will SUFFER in the long run.
And besides, the U.S.. has proved TIME AND AGAIN, that they are NOT TO BE TRUSTED.
After all, it's US FIRST... and last, and always...

The INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS, that have NO COUNTRY AND NO PATRIOTISM WHATSOEVER, are of course the ones making these "Alliances", wherever they are allowed to...
FORCING them on UNWILLING populations...

Starting in their MINDS. With UN-BRAINWASHING...
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